Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Rural roots revisited

Crafts and critters remain a staple

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — Rides, crafts and lots of food highlight the 149th annual Warren County Fair, but animals take center stage.

        In a county becoming more urban by the day, there are still plenty of horses, steers, hogs and sheep on display at the county fair.

(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        The fair runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Lebanon. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

        Bob Neal of Symmes Township in Hamilton County spent Monday at the fair with his sons, Robbie, 5, and Andrew, 2.

        “It's a nice, festive atmosphere,” Mr. Neal said. “We like the animals, and this is a lot closer than the Ohio State Fair.”

        One of the sure signs that summer is in full swing is the return of the fair to the 57-acre parcel on Ohio 48 about 2 miles north of Lebanon.

        New this year is an alligator demonstration three times daily and a ship ride, said Ed Wade, president of the Warren County Fair Board. The rodeo also has been updated.

        Other activities include a demolition derby, tractor pull, antique tractor pull and harness racing.

        “We're always looking for new things,” said Mr. Wade, a Clearcreek Township trustee.

        Officials are expecting 60,000 people to attend the fair during its six-day run. About 50,000 attended last year, said Mr. Wade.

        Hundreds of 4-H projects include agriculture, animals, and activities such as computers, cooking and sciences.

        “4-H is not necessarily an agricultural (activity) anymore,” said Fred Winkler, a 4-H adviser from northern Warren County.

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